STC releases innovative crowdsourcing effort to support hurricane victims
STC is now accepting Bitcoin donations on www.stchome.com to support immunization record access for consumers
Scottsdale, AZ (PRUnderground) September 11th, 2017
Scientific Technologies Corporation announces a public-private partnership to advance consumer access to immunization records, just in time to help displaced hurricane victims. With a commitment to implement, sustain, and support state data exchanges at no cost to the state, STC is now accepting bitcoin donations via www.stchome.com
Michael L. Popovich, STC’s CEO, announced during the company’s “Ideas Start Here” innovation day, “The private sector has the responsibility to contribute resources and solutions to support the government’s effort to fight disease. Public-private partnerships are not common in state health,” Popovich indicated. “But it’s time for businesses to sponsor efforts that advance the public’s health.”
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Scientific Technologies Corporation provided emergency technology services and support to public health and clinical professionals throughout the U.S. by creating an information framework that allowed physicians and providers to retrieve the immunization histories of individuals and their families as they sought clinical care, enrolled their children in new schools, and began to re-establish their lives, homes, and medical histories.
In the first month of the emergency, this effort saved over $4.6 million in revaccination expenses and created countless positive interactions with evacuees simply by availing a health record wherever they went. Access to information allowed the clinical community to determine disease risks, thereby maintaining immunization schedules and reducing the impact of vaccine-preventable disease and outbreaks in evacuee centers.
With the financial support of crowd-sourced donations, STC’s commitment is to empower each and every person to know their risks of vaccine-preventable disease by having easy access to their immunization records in state health data systems. Government funding is limited, while the health data assets in public data systems are increasing rapidly through electronic data exchange.
“Today everyone is concerned about the security of providing personal data or paying online, so we decided to leverage the concept of Blockchain.” Said Popovich.
The donations processed through STC’s website at www.stchome.com/donate allows only donations of Bitcoins, which can be seamlessly transferred into dollars, protecting the security of those who donate.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, all donations are being directed initially to assist the immunization programs of both public health and pharmacies in the states of Texas and Florida.
As key members of the immunization ecosystem, STChealth has spent 33 years developing public health immunization systems used across the U.S. and internationally. And now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, STChealth is being called to action to enable consumer-facing digital test results and immunity status, increase data exchange connections to prepare for vaccine distribution and administration, arm our pharmacy network with the tools for lab reporting and case management, and assist providers, employers, pharmacies and Public Health with analytics to support decision making. STChealth’s National Immunization Data Exchange Network processes over 1 million immunization events daily, delivering valuable decision support and ultimately resulting in closing immunization gaps in care.